Celebrate National Libraries Week at Olin!

This week marks the 60th annual National Libraries Week, and with the Olin Library renovations almost competed, we have a lot to celebrate!

Celebrate With Us at Our Open House

The exterior of the Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration

The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration. Photo by James Byard/Washington University

National Libraries Week is celebrated during the second full week of April, and each year has a different theme. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead,” and it invites patrons to discover where libraries can lead them. This Thursday, we encourage you to drop by Olin from  1-3pm during our Open House to discover where our new Newman Exploration Center and exhibits can lead you. Explore these new spaces, learn about the interactive technology in the Data Services suite, and get a sneak peak at the new collaboration and instruction rooms, all while enjoying free snacks and prizes! While you are here, make sure to also check our our new papyri exhibit in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Where Will the Library Lead You?

World Without End. Designed by Julie Chen, 1999. Currently on display in the Newman Tower

As always, there is so much to explore at Special Collections. The new exhibits that you will see on Thursday are only a small sampling of our extensive collections. As you engage in your self-guided tour, let the displays spark your imagination. Are you excited by the Form of the Book exhibit? Check out our library guide on the History of Printing, Graphic Design, and the Book Arts for related collections. Interested in our exhibit on the St. Louis Browns? Check out our library guide on baseball history in St. Louis. Did the exhibit on Tennessee Williams renew your interest in his plays? Visit us to look through the rest of his collection, including three drafts of plays he wrote while at Wash U.

This week, we encourage you to explore our holdings and find an archive that will lead you to new places. You can browse our holdings by subject (WWI archives, film history, and so on) under “Special Collections” at http://libguides.wustl.edu/ or use the search tool to find a specific topic or item. If you need any assistance, our librarians are always happy to help!



About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.